Thief cuts hole in wall, steals cigarettes from pharmacy

Posted Nov. 30, 2010, at 6:20 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine – Police are trying to determine who broke into a vacant store early Monday morning, cut a hole in a wall into the adjacent pharmacy and stole more than $625 worth of cigarettes.

Police say someone broke into the CVS at 1406 Congress St. at 1:45 a.m., triggering an alarm. When officers arrived, they found the doors to the pharmacy secure but the space next door, which is being renovated, had been broken into.

Officers searched that store and found sheets of wallboard covering a hole into the pharmacy. The suspect was gone, police said.

The pharmacy reported that at least 10 cartons of cigarettes were taken. None of the pharmacy’s drugs, which are typically locked in a separate vault, were taken.

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